Mandela Day 2017

18 July 2017

Ekurhuleni West TVET College commemorates Mandela Day with the launch of its 2nd annual Mandela Day "Build a House" Programme.

This year, the college, together with sponsors, employees, students and neighbours, renovated a house in Kaalfonein near Tembisa. The house belongs to an orphaned Tembisa Campus student, who lives with her brother.

Alina Koekoe is a level 4 Information Technology Student. The 21-year-old NSFAS beneficiary says the scheme has helped in reducing one of the biggest challenges that comes with losing parents, as it pays for her tuition. Alina says the Mandela Day initiative is very important as it reminds people to be kind to others, especially the needy.

The family survives on renting out some of the rooms her father had built before passing on in 2012. She is looking forward to completion because the renovations will transform her home into a dignified structure and also, the other two rooms left by her father will be completed to add to the household income.

Renovations include wall plastering, doors, electrical infrastructure, slab paving, boundry wall and other paraphernalia. The project will be concluded in a couple of days.

"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." - Nelson Mandela, 90th birthday celebration of Walter Sisulu, Walter Sisulu Hall, Johannesburg, 18 May 2002.



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